A couple of years ago I spent a great day in Colorado with a local friend and one of his neighbors. It emerged that the neighbor was a member of the Sheahan family of Nevada and he entertained me with tales about mining the family property at Groom Lake, which is next to the US Air Force’s legendary Area 51. Needless to say I pumped him for stories about what unusual things he’d seen and he delivered, but what he talked about most was the government’s unrelenting efforts to kick his family off the land they’d owned for generations.
Once I headed back east I didn’t think too much more about it until this week’s revelations that the federal government has a made a “final offer” to the Sheahans of $5.2 Million to force them off their land. The family hasn’t spoken out until now, aside from off the record conversations like the one I enjoyed, but they’ve now entered the court of public opinion.… Read the rest